When the oppo researchers and the national press do get around to opening up Daniels’s life for inspection, they will find a few embarrassments. One is his arrest in 1970 for marijuana possession when he was a student at Princeton. He spent two nights in jail and paid a $350 fine, and later wrote about the bust in a column for the Star in 1989.When Mitch Daniels first ran for governor, I was frankly surprised to learn that he had been busted on drug charges when he attended Princeton. The Democrats never made a big deal about it, and the news media had very little to say about the matter so I figured it must have been pretty trivial. My curiosity, however, got the better of me one day and I did a little more research. What I learned was that an undercover police officer spent months gathering evidence against Daniels and his roomies at Princeton. It seems there was a little more going on there than smoking a joint on occasion. According to the police officer, he purchased a variety of illegal drugs from Daniels' dorm room over a period of months, including marijuana, LSD and prescription drugs. Daniels and his roomies were charged with possession and dealing charges, as well as maintaining a common nuisance. Daniels' buddies got bailed out of jail right away when the bust occurred, but Daniels had to cool his in jail for a couple of nights until his father got to town to bail him out.
His father, a pharmaceutical executive, could have been none too pleased that his son was not only accused of selling illegal drugs but also his bread and better, prescription drugs. After the wealthy boys' parents hired some good lawyers, the felony drug charges got pleaded down to simple possession charges, which did not sit too well with the cop who had spent months investigating the drug ring operating on Princeton's campus. My research also discovered that Daniels, who had not too flattering long, stringy hair, from the looks of pictures taken at the time, joined an anti-Vietnam War student organization.
Daniels transgressions as a young adult at Princeton did not stop him from achieving a very successful career as an aide to former Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar, White House staffer for President Ronald Reagan, a top executive at Eli Lilly, OMB Director for President George W. Bush and Indiana governor, but it may be a little more than a roadblock to his White House ambitions. While his real life, "Risky Business" dealing at Princeton as a young adult probably wouldn't be a problem in the Democratic Party, which gave us Bill "I smoked but didn't inhale" Clinton and Barack Hussein "I was a pothead, junkie" Obama, it's a big problem in the Republican Party. I don't care how you slice it or dice it, the Republican Party will not nominate a guy who spent the Vietnam War at an elitist Ivy League school as a long-haired, drug-